Food as Medicine: Pistachio (Pistacia vera, Anacardiaceae)

The pistachio (Pistacia vera) is the only commercially grown species in its genus, which belongs to the Anacardiaceae family. Members of the genus Pistacia are among the oldest flowering nut trees and are small to medium in size, and characterized by their ability to exude mastic (plant resin).1,2 Other economically important plants in Anacardiaceae include cashew (Anacardium occidentale) … Continue reading Food as Medicine: Pistachio (Pistacia vera, Anacardiaceae)

The Health Benefits of Celeriac

Celeriac, also known as celery root, is an unusual and nutritious vegetable with a wide variety of uses. It is from the same family as celery but is a very different plant.Celeriac that has been washed and peeled can be eaten raw or cooked using different methods. This article explores the nutritional content of celeriac, … Continue reading The Health Benefits of Celeriac

The Health Benefits of Nopal Cactus

The nopal cactus is more commonly known as the prickly pear cactus. It is native to Mexico and famous for its health benefits due to its high antioxidant, vitamin, mineral, and fiber content. What is nopal? Nopales are the pads of the nopal cactus and can be cooked or eaten raw. Nopales or nopalitos are … Continue reading The Health Benefits of Nopal Cactus

What Are the Health Benefits of Wheatgrass?

Wheatgrass is a grass that is closely related to wheat. It is a thick, dry grass that looks like hay or straw. It has played a role in natural and holistic medicine for generations.Wheatgrass is harvested early in its development before it reaches full size — usually 7-10 days after sprouting. Grown primarily to make … Continue reading What Are the Health Benefits of Wheatgrass?

Inulin 101

A prebiotic fiber with powerful health benefits: If you've been reading up on gut health, then you may have heard of inulin. Inulin is a fiber that has been linked to several health benefits and is added to many foods. However, some people have concerns about its side effects and how well it works. This … Continue reading Inulin 101

Health Benefits of Turmeric Tea

Turmeric is a popular spice made from the rhizome or root of the Curcuma longa plant.Turmeric is native to Southeast Asia and is a member of the Zingiberaceae or ginger family. It has been used as a herbal remedy for thousands of years in Indian Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. India grows 78 percent of the global supply of turmeric. In this article, we … Continue reading Health Benefits of Turmeric Tea

Review of Studies of Grape Products Documents Bioactivities that May Reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Polyphenols, the most abundant secondary metabolites in plants, include flavonoids and non-flavonoids. Dietary intake of polyphenols varies greatly and is difficult to quantify. Polyphenols are poorly characterized in foods and their quantity may vary depending on factors including plant genetics and preparation and storage methods. Epidemiological and clinical studies report that moderate consumption of alcoholic … Continue reading Review of Studies of Grape Products Documents Bioactivities that May Reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Health Benefits of Oolong Tea

There is a record of tea being used as a beverage in China since 2,000 B.C.E. Besides water, it is consumed more than any other drink around the world. The four main types of tea are black, green, white, and oolong.All four varieties come from the Camellia sinensis plant. Herbal teas are not considered true tea because … Continue reading Health Benefits of Oolong Tea

Bitter Melon and Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition that affects blood sugar levels and can lead to health issues if not properly managed. Could eating bitter melon be healthful for those looking to manage diabetes?The bodies of people with diabetes do not produce enough insulin or are not able to use insulin effectively, which leads to there being too … Continue reading Bitter Melon and Diabetes

Can Turmeric Help Manage Diabetes?

Turmeric has been used for centuries in both food and medicine. The spice is believed to have many potential benefits for the human body. But could turmeric be a new tool to help manage diabetes?Turmeric is the common name for the root Curcuma longa. It is a bright yellow-orange spice that is a staple in … Continue reading Can Turmeric Help Manage Diabetes?